July 2016 Wrap Up

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Hey guys! We’re almost in August which means it’s almost my birthday, which means I’m going to be OLD. Okay, well, 25, so not that old, BUT STILL. A QUARTER OF A CENTURY.

Anyway, I had a much better reading month this month than I did in June, and I got some writing done, which is always exciting. So let’s talk about all of the things I did this month!

What I Read

  • Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes – Such an awesome book with a cute story and characters, where there was, of course, romance, but it dealt with mental health, supportive friendships, and learning about yourself. 5/5 stars Check out my review!
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I can definitely see what all the hype was about even though it felt like it was missing something. Like an extra bit of oomph! But I still enjoyed it. 4/5 stars Check out my review!
  • Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 & 2 by Ichigo Takano – I LOVED THIS. These two manga volumes were definitely my favorite reads this month and I am just so happy that I read them. Beautiful story about depression, suicide, and the importance of friendship. 5/5 stars Check out my review!

Books I Started But Didn’t Finish

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I found it really difficult to get into this book, and I only read the first chapter. Maybe it’s just her style of writing, but I’ll still give it a go.
  • The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power – I received this for review on Net Galley from Simon and Schuster and I didn’t finish it on time, but I was enjoying it, even if there was a lot of technical jargon and other problems with it.
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Okay, technically I started this a long time ago, but I started listening to it again and I was enjoying it! But I still haven’t finished it.

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Books I Got This Month

Discussions I Held

None. NONE!? What is this sorcery!? I usually have at least one discussion… Huh. I guess this month didn’t have much going on.

Top Ten Tuesdays & Top 5 Wednesdays

Writing Related

  • Camp NaNoWriMo: July Edition – That’s right! I had joined Camp NaNoWriMo! My plan was to do weekly updates again, but that fell flat pretty quickly.
  • I will say, though, that I started one novel then worked on the one I started last year because I’m finally – FINALLY – almost done writing the first draft. Maybe I’ll finish it today once this post is already up, but I’m very excited!

Fun Things

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I read one fantasy book this month, bringing my total up to 25 out of 30 fantasy books read for the year! I’m pretty impressed, really.

Life Updates

  • I think I had a boring life this month… It consisted mostly of work.
  • It was my mom’s birthday, though, so there’s that. The week after her birthday we had a barbecue at their house and a bunch of family came over, plus I got to see my nieces and nephew, whom I don’t see that often. It was nice!
  • And I applied to two rep searches on Instagram: one for Evie Seo and the other for Bookworm Boutique! I think it’s so cool that they put out products, and I already have one from Evie so I know that they’re good quality!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What was your favorite book that you read this month? Did you participate in any readathons? Tell me all the things!

All the Tags!

Because I failed to put these in my posts for my wrap-ups, here’s a collective tag post for the tags I did! These include tags from August to now, but won’t be including a few to come later in the month.

Would You Rather? BookTube Edition

Would you rather…

1. Read only trilogies or stand alones? Stand alones because then I’d be able to read more books and not have to wait for the next book to come out in a trilogy.
2. Read only female or male authors? I seem to lead toward a lot of female authors – not purposefully, but that just seems to be the majority of the books I own.
3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon? B&N because I enjoy walking in bookstores and looking around and taking my time. Picking up physical books and getting to really look at them is something you can’t get on Amazon.
4. All books become movies or t.v. shows? TV shows. Movies are too short and can’t get the full grasp and detail like a TV show can.
5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week? 5 books per week, duh.
6. Be a professional reviewer or author? Author. It’s something I’m working on now.
7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before? Read new ones I haven’t before. The old ones would get boring after time, even if they are my favorites.
8. Be a librarian or book seller? Librarian. It sounds a lot more interesting and a lot less stressful than being a bookseller.
9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite? Every genre except my favorite because I’ll be able to find romance anywhere!
10. Only read physical books or eBooks? Physical books because they’re better. Not that I don’t like e-books, I just like to hold books instead of a device.

Ice Cream Book Tag

1- Peanut Butter: a very long book series that you really want to read, but probably won’t and why; Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. I’ve outgrown vampires and all that, so I don’t know that I’d want to read them, but I might give them a chance… I don’t know.
2- Chocolate: a book you would read over and over and over and over again; Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. It gets better and better with each book.
3- Pistachio: a book with a green cover; A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
4- Strawberry: a book with the cutest romance; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The dynamic between the two grows over time and it’s a great romance because of it.
5- Lemon: a book with a sour ending; Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Need I say more?
6- Mint: a children’s book that you like; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
7- Vanilla: your favorite classic; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. It’s the only classic I’ve read that I’ve enjoyed thus far, so..yeah.
8- Whipped Cream: a very long book that you read really really fast. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. I read all four of the books before doing a project, so.. yup.

Bookish Scenarios Book Tag

1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep? Contemporary: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; Fantasy: Sabriel by Garth Nix; Non-fiction: The Bible; genre of my choosing: Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it? I’d have to learn what kinds of interest the kid has before recommending something, and then go from there.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood? Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas made me pretty happy. I vote that.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading? Lots and lots of manga.

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a long book and it sounds fantastic, so it would definitely keep me preoccupied.

6. Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe? All of them. My books are precious to me, so… all of them.

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs? Pretend I haven’t noticed would be my choice out of these options, but in reality I’d be yelling at them and be very angry.

Reader Problems Tag

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?  I pick them up and put them down? I just choose which book I’m in the mood for and go with that.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? I’m usually committed, but I can put a book down if it’s boring me to death.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? Currently I am at 14/20 books read for my challenge, and even though I know I won’t be able to catch up, I’m still proud of what I got. So no, I’m not going to catch up. I’m just going to enjoy reading for the sake of reading.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? It doesn’t really matter unless the new designs are hella-ugly.
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? Find someone who shares the mutual feelings? Or go search the internet for like minded individuals and ask to spew my thoughts onto them and theirs onto me.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? Just go with it. If a book moves me that much, I’m not going to stop myself.
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!? Probably just start reading the sequel and hope my memory remembers some things, otherwise I’ll reread.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Come up with any excuse or berate them with questions on how well they’ll keep my books since I’ve had books returned to me in the past in less than nice conditions.
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? I either write or draw because usually it’s a sign that my creative juices aren’t pumping the way they’re supposed to.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? Depends on if it’s a series or not and if I know I’ll actually be reading it next.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? A while… I have a lot to read on my shelf now thanks to BookTube.

So those are the tags I’ve done over the past several months. If you have a BookTube channel, feel free to do these tags, but if not, let me know some of your answers in the comments below. I’d love to hear them!

Accompanying videos: Would You Rather BookTube Edition // Ice Cream Book Tag // Bookish Scenarios Tag // Reader Problems Tag